Reviewed by: Maggie Hays
Better than Average
Romance, Comedy, Remake
1 hr. 42 min.
Year of Release:
July 27, 2007 (wide)
||Catherine Zeta-Jones (“Chicago,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “The Terminal”), Aaron Eckhart (“Paycheck,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “The Black Dahlia”), Abigail Breslin, Patricia Clarkson, Jenny Wade, Lily Rabe
||Scott Hicks (“Shine,” “Snow Falling on Cedars,” “Hearts in Atlantis”)
||Susan Cartsonis, Bruce Berman, Sergio Aguero
||Warner Bros. Pictures
“Life isn’t always made to order.”
atherine Zeta Jones seems improbably cast as a super chef in this film. She has no social skills, is a workaholic, and admits the kitchen she runs is her life. Avoiding all relationships, she ends up meeting an assistant chef, hired to help her, a very likeable Aaron Eckhart
. This movie is quite predictable and full of clichés. I also found it enjoyable. I just sat down, and shifted my mind into neutral and let myself be entertained. Critics seem to be panning this film, and I don’t think it deserves the bad copy it’s getting.
I allowed my 16 year-daughter to attend with me, and never cringed. The movie isn’t squeaky clean, but by today’s standards it’s quite mild. No sex, no nudity, no industrial-strength “F” words or cursing. However, be warned—the Lord’s name is profaned several times: “Oh my G__.” There are also common curse words: “Sh__” “A__hole,” etc. One time a crude word for female anatomy is uttered “T_t.” The bad language and crudity are not rampant in this film, however, and I have no trouble recommending it for Christians, as long as you know that the Lord’s Name is treated with disrespect a few times. There is also one scene of prolonged kissing, and it is implied that a man stayed overnight with a woman to whom he was not married, though no scenes of passion assault us. If my daughter had been 12 or younger, I would not have let her view this film, plus I think younger kids would be bored, this isn’t an “action movie” with caped super-heroes.
There aren’t any surprises in this film, you will know the story after the first 20 minutes or so, but it’s pretty tame and clean. I also found myself laughing out loud a few times. So, all in all, bad language kept to a minimum, clean, and no ending that you have to wrap your brain around to try to figure out.
Violence: None / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: None
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